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Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy Ravin Washington wipes down the computer inside her patrol car before starting her patrol in Spring, Texas, April 17, 2020. Washington tested positive for COVID-19 in mid-March and returned to patrol on April 15 after recovering at home.

AP Photo / David J. Phillip

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Police Chief Kristen Ziman poses at her office in Aurora, Ill., April 20, 2020. First responders who've fallen ill and recovered, like Chief Ziman, have begun the harrowing experience of returning to jobs that put them back on the front lines of the fight against the coronavirus.

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Stefanie Dazio, law enforcement reporter, Los Angeles; Robert Bumsted, video journalist, New York; Michael Sisak, newsman, New York; Jake Bleiberg, newsman, Houston; Allen Breed, video journalist, Raleigh, North Carolina; John Minchillo, photographer, New York; Chris Carlson, photographer, Los Angeles; John Mone, video journalist, Houston; David Phillip, photographer, Houston; Chris Carlson, photographer, Orange County, California; and Charles Rex Arbogast, photographer, Chicago, for a character-driven story on how first responders return to work after recovering from COVID-19. They return with trepidation about surviving an “invisible bullet” of the disease.